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Vineyards Established 1974-1975


Daphne Vineyard

The Eyrie Estate Vineyards

Owner: The winery was founded by David and Diana Lett in 1965. Son and winemaker Jason Lett took over management in 2005. David passed away at the age of 69 in 2008.

Location: Dundee Hills in the Dundee Hills AVA.

Planting: Own-rooted Pommard 5 was planted originally in 1974. 1.5 acres of the original plantings are still in production. Currently, the vineyard consists of 13 acres: 1.5 acres of Pinot Noir, mostly Pinot Gris, and some Pinot Meunier. Daphne is one of the oldest and highest vineyards in the Dundee Hills.

Pinot Noir scion: Own-rooted Pommard

Soil: Volcanic Jory and Gelderman. Very shallow, averaging less than 10 inches on top of large boulders.

Vines: South, east and west facing, 820’ to 900’’ elevation at the peak of the Dundee Hills about 400’ above the original plantings of The Eyrie Vineyard. Because of the high altitude, There is considerable wind exposure. Due to the harsh conditions, the vines are short and bonsai-like. The vines are cane pruned with 9’ x 5’ spacing. Daphne is the last of the Eyrie single vineyards to ripen with tiny clusters.

Farming: Regenerative, with no-tilling. Organically certified since 2013.

Winery clients: None, a monopole.

Old vines bottling: The Eyrie Vineyards Daphne Pinot Noir is produced with a small amount of grapes going into the Estate Pinot Noir. This wine has not been produced in every vintage, for example, not in 2002-2007, 2010, and 2011.

Of interest: Daphne is one of five estate vineyards at The Eyrie Vineyards estate. It was originally called Stonehedge but later named Daphne after a dear, long-time friend of the winery. David Lett produced a Daphne Vineyard Pinot Noir from the 2001 vintage but did not like it. He did not release it until years later when it was sold to wine club members and the rest sits in the winery’s library. Jason Lett worked his first vintage in 1973 and continued to work in the vineyards and winery throughout his youth. Today, he oversees all facets of wine production and the business. Diana Lett, Eyrie’s co-founder, still is actively involved in the winery's operations and events.

2016 The Eyrie Vineyards Daphne Vineyard Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $80. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. A complex nose offering aromas of red cherry, graham, cardamom, and marijuana. The lean flavor profile is dominated by red cherry, cranberry, and what I can only describe as grassiness and dried green herbs. Generous acidity, integrated tannins and a savory rather than fruity finish. Unchanged when sampled the following day from a previously opened bottle. Score: 89

2018 The Eyrie Vineyards Daphne Vineyard Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $85. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Aromas of black raspberry, red rose, dried herbs and toast. A harmonious, gracious and polished wine with flavors of raspberry, cherry and plum framed by brave tannins and a good cut of acidity. There is a savory herbal thread in the background. The finish is exceptionally long. Still engaging when sampled two days later from an opened bottle. Score: 93

Elk Cove Estate Vineyard (Elk Cove Heritage Site)

Elk Cove Estate

Owners: Elk Cove Vineyards was founded by Pat and Joe Campbell in 1974 and is now owned by their son Adam Campbell.

Location: Northern Willamette Valley in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA.

Planting: The original plantings of 5 acres of own-rooted Pommard date to 1974. 45 acres of Pinot Noir have been added beginning in 1976 as well as Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Chardonnay (since grafted over to Pinot Gris). See map below.

Pinot Noir scion: Own-rooted Pommard

Soil: Marine sedimentary Willakenzie.

Vines: South-facing with steep slopes. One of the higher vineyards in Oregon, reaching an elevation of 750’.

Winery clients: None, a monopole.

Old vine bottlings: Three generations of Pommard clone are represented on the Elk Cove Estate with the two most recently planted vineyards employing selection massale. La Boheme vineyard was planted in 1985 and 1987 using cuttings from the best 1974 Pommard vines. A second estate vineyard, Roosevelt Vineyard, was initially planted in 1993 using a selection of the best Pommard vines from La Boheme Vineyard. The winery’s Elk Cove Reserve Pinot Noir has contained contributions from La Boheme and Roosevelt vineyards as well as other Elk Cove vineyards including the original Elk Cove Heritage Site.

Tyee Estate Vineyard

Tyee Estate Vineyard Pommard vines dating to 1974

Owners: Fourth generation Buchanans, Dave and Margy Buchanan.

Location: The estate vineyard is on the scenic Buchanan Family Century Farm founded over 130 years ago in Corvallis.

Planting: The Buchanans planted the first vines in 1974 including Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer, all own-rooted. The current total Tyee Estate Vineyard has 3 acres of own-rooted Pinot Noir planted over the years 1974, 1981, 1985 and 1989. Pinot Noir on grafted rootstock was planted in 2000 (115, 777 and Pommard on resistant rootstock) and 2014 (114, 777, and Pommard with grafts from some of the favorite old vines). for a total of 14 acres of Pinot Noir. Another 4 acres is planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer.

Pinot Noir scion: Own-rooted Pommard.

Soil: Willamette silty, clay loam.

Vines: South-facing slope at the first terrace of the valley floor. Spacing is 10’ x 4.5’ with mixed shoot and Scott Henry trellis.

Farming: Certified Salmon-Safe. A diverse, perennial cover crop under the vines sequesters carbon and prevents erosion. Nearby creeks are protected with native riparian buffers. Only minimal amounts of organic spray are applied to the grapes and organic compost is used for fertility. Dry-farmed and no-tilling.

Winery clients: None, a monopole.

Old vines bottlings: The winery’s featured Pinot Noir wines are the Tyee Estate Pinot Noir and the limited release Tyee Estate Barrel Select Pinot Noir. The Estate Pinot Noir is composed of newer and old vine Pommard clone and Dijon clones. The Estate Barrel Select Pinot Noir is 100% Pommard clone made from a combination of own-rooted Pinot Noir vines that are 25 to 47-years old, and newer plantings that include the winemaker’s favorite barrels of the vintage. The wines of this heritage and quality are rarely this affordable.

Of Interest: Tyee Wine Cellars was founded in 1985. The vineyard manager and winemaker is fifth-generation Willamette Valley farmer Merrilee Buchanan. Tyee is a northwest word meaning “chief” and “best.”

2017 Tyee Wine Cellars Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $20. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Enticing aromas of black cherry, cola, tutti-fruity, and a floral lift. The bold flavors of black cherry, ripe strawberry, spice, cola, and black tea are sturdy on the palate and make quite an impression. Instantly enjoyable, with easygoing tannins and a seamless, very long finish. Score: 93

2017 Tyee Wine Cellars Estate Barrel Select Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $30. Whole berry and whole cluster fermentation. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Pleasing aromas arrive over time in the glass including blackest cherry, blackberry, burnt tobacco and potpourri. Striking mid-weight plus flavors of black cherry and blackberry framed by sturdy but well-proportioned tannins that contribute to the harmony. An unbelievably long finish is full of sweet Pinot extract. Even more terrific when tasted two days later from a previously opened bottle. Drinkable now, but cellaring will bring more rewards. Score: 95

Wahle Estate Vineyard

Owners: Dr. Mark Wahle’s family grew up on one of the first commercial vineyards in the Willamette Valley and the first in the Yamhill-Carlton region. The current owner is Mark and Shaghayegh Wahle.

Location: On a 100-acre hilltop site outside of Yamhill in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA.

Planting: The Wahle family planted a 6-acre vineyard initially in 1974 with 3 acres of the original plantings remaining. This was the first commercial vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton District.

Wahle Vineyard

Pinot Noir scions: Own-rooted Pommard, Wädenswil and Coury sourced from Coury’s nursery and included a large planting of the Coury “Pommard”. Of the initial Coury “Pommard” 1.3 acres planting, there are now close to 0.9 acres remaining. The initial planting also included an Upright Pinot variety., Chardonnay and smaller amounts of Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc. The Wädenswil vines and much of the Upright Pinot dwindled in recent years and were removed. A small block of the Upright Pinot remains and is unexplainably thriving. Some Chardonnay has been grafted to Dijon 777. The main blocks from the 1970s that remain are Coury “Pommard” and the 777. The current total acreage is about 32 acres.

Soil: Sedimentary Willakenzie.series.

The vineyard is primarily south to southwest-facing at 450’ elevation. Mostly 8’ x 6’ spacing with the initial trellis having a 2’ x 2’ post at each vine.

Farming: Dry and no-till farmed.

Winery clients: None for Pinot Noir.

Old vines bottlings: A Wahle Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir (2017 vintage, $45) was produced containing a majority of Coury “Pommard” and a smaller fraction of old vine Chardonnay grafted to 777.

Of interest: Dr Mark Wahle is a 1988 graduate with a degree in enology from UC Davis as well as a working emergency room physician in Portland. He and his spouse also own a 310-acre site in the Eola Hills known as Holmes Hill Vineyard. Mark crafts his wines at The Carlton Winemakers Studio.

2007 Wahle Vineyard & Cellars Yamhill-Carlton District Pinot Noir

13.4% alc. Sourced from the initial plantings established in 1974. · Moderate light garnet color with slight bricking of the rim in the glass. The aromas of black cherry, exotic spices, lavender and graham are pleasant but fleeting. The wine has an aged patina with mid-weight fruit flavors of black cherry and blackberry with a floral perfume. Very suave with completely resolved tannins and juicy acidity. An impressive wine especially since 2007 was not a great Oregon vintage, but only for a short time after opening as later the wine faded out with oak coming to the forefront. From my cellar. Score: NR

Red Hills Vineyard/Goldschmidt Vineyard/Winderlea Vineyard

Aerial photo of Winderlea Vineyard. The blocks to the left (east) of the tasting room
and the block to the right are the original blocks planted in the 1970s

Owners: Dr John and Sally Bauer purchased a 15-acre filbert farm in the Dundee Hills in 1974. They bought another 5 acres of a recently-planted vineyard from Jim McDonald in the mid-1970s and another 5 acres from the Jones family. The Red Hills Vineyard property was sold in 1999 to former Oregon Governor Neil Goldschmidt and named Goldschmidt Vineyard. The vineyard was sold to Bill Sweat and Donna Morris of Winderlea Vineyard & Winery in 2006.

Location: On the south side of Worden Hill Road in the Dundee Hills AVA.

Planting: The available information on the initial planting at Red Hills Vineyard is unclear. Reportedly, 10 acres were planted in 1974 and another 5 acres in 1975. Chardonnay was grafted over to Dijon 115 at some point years later. Donna Morris told me there were 3 blocks of approximately 3 acres of own-rooted Pinot Noir planted in 1974-75 and these vines, along with some old-vine Chardonnay grafted over to Dijon 115 are the source of the Winderlea Legacy Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noir scions: The initial planting included both own-rooted Pommard and Wädenswil clones as well as Coury selection Pinot Noir along with Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon. and Merlot. The source of the scions was was Charles Coury

Soil: Volcanic Jory.

Vines: Original vines had 10’ x 8’ spacing but interplanting has occurred. Vines are oriented north-south with southwestern exposure at 320’-580’ elevation.

Farming: Biodynamic farming since 2009 and Demeter Biodynamic Certified® in 2015.

Winery clients: In the early 1980s, grapes were sold to Elk Cove, Erath, the Eyrie Vineyard, Rex Hill and Lange. Winderlea has no winery clients for Winderlea Estate Vineyard which is now a monopole.

Old vine bottling: Winderlea Legacy Winderlea Vineyard Pinot Noir.

The entire 16-acre Winderlea Estate Vineyard consists of 13 different blocks entirely devoted to Pinot Noir and includes many high-density Dijon clones in addition to the old Pinot Noir vines.

2010 Winderlea Legacy Winderlea Vineyard Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., $75. (Reviewed in 2012 - “an aristocratic wine with upscale aromas, intensely fruity palate and citrus-infused acidity.”) · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. A complex nose offering scents of dark red cherry, strawberry, underbrush, rose petal and dried herbs. Light to mid-weight in style, with flavors that echo the nose. An arrow of acidity runs through that is uplifting. The tannins are resolved, and the lip-smacking, long finish is replete with intense cherry goodness. The wine is best upon opening and llater showing its age so drink up. Score: 93

2017 Winderlea Legacy Winderlea Vineyard Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

12.5% alc., 291 cases, $85. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 3% new. · Light garnet color in the glass. Aromas of lean cherry juice, white pepper, salad greens, and a touch of oak. Light in weight with an array of demure red fruits. Bashful, yet showing good harmony, and a fairly long , quenching finish imbued with fine-grain tannins. Extremely elegant. Score: 91

Windhill Vineyard

Windhill Vineyard old Pommard vines at 2020 harvest

Owners: This vineyard was originally planted by Sanford and Ginny Reese. Elk Cove Vineyards produced a single vineyard Pinot Noir annually from the vineyard beginning in 1979. In 1996, they purchased the vineyard.

Location: Tualatin Hills AVA in the very northern part of the Willamette Valley (20 miles west of Portland).

Planting: Initially, 3.2 acres of Pinot Noir vines were planted in 1974. There has been no interplanting or supplemental plantings in the interim. Today, there are 20 acres that include subsequent plantings of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling.

Pinot Noir scion: Own-rooted Pommard clone sourced from Charles Coury.

Soil: Laurelwood windblown silt.

Vines: South-facing slopes and mid-level elevation of 500’.

Farming: Sustainably farmed with organic practices since 1999. Vines are dry-farmed.

Winery clients: EIEIO & Company.

Old vines bottling: The Elk Cove Vineyards Windhill Vineyard Pinot Noir is produced solely from 4 acres of the oldest Pommard clone Pinot Noir vines on the property.

2018 Elk Cove Vineyards Windhill Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., pH 3.58, 154 cases, $60. Harvest Brix 24º. Fermented in small open-top steel fermenters and aged 10 months in 27% French oak barrels. · Dark garnet color in the glass. Engaging aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, creme soda, and bramble. Midweight plus flavors of olallieberry and blackberry touched with exceptional spice. Expansive on the mid palate and the extremely long finish. Supportive, dusty tannins and welcome oak with an underlying earthy tone. This wine reminds me of a delicious olallieberry pie (my favorite). Score: 95

Wirtz Vineyard

Owners: This vineyard was originally owned and planted by David Wirtz. Milan and Jean Stayanov (David Hill Vineyards & Winery)) have owned the vineyard since 2019.

Location: Two miles from David Hill Vineyards but a cooler terroir.

Planting: The property was planted initially in 1971-1972 to Gewürztraminer and in 1974 to Pinot Noir. There were additional plantings of Pinot Noir and other varieties into the 1980s, 1990s and 2019, and the Wirtz Vineyard now spans 24 acres.

Pinot Noir scions: Own-rooted Pommard, Wädenswil, and an Upright Pinot sold by Coury’s nursery compose the vineyard's 14 acres of heritage Pinot Noir. There are some red grape vines that are unidentified.

Soil: Laurelwood.

Vines: The vineyard is mostly east-facing with the upper blocks facing south. Vines are cane pruned with VSP for the trellis.

Farming: LIVE certification. Dry-farmed.

Winery clients: Big Table Farm bottled a vineyard-designate Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris (many past reviews are in the PinotFile). The last bottling was the 2016 vintage. Now, the vineyard is a monopole for David Hill Vineyards who bottles a Wirtz Vineyard Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.

Old Vine bottlings: David Hill Vineyards & Winery Wirtz Vineyard Pinot Noir. Multiple white varietals are produced from old vines. Big Table Farm Wirtz Vineyard Pinot Noir (last vintage 2016).

Of interest: Vineyard Manager Mike Kuenz told me the following. “The old vine Chardonnay is super interesting and pretty certain it is the Draper clone. The origin of the Pinot Gris is unknown but possibly came from David Lett and is one of the best wines from this vineyard. Other white varieties planted include Chasselas, Franken Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Muscat, Riesling, Semillon, Sylvaner, Savagnin Rose and Flora (a Gewürztraminer-Semillon hybrid from Dr. Olmo at UC Davis). Wirtz Vineyard and Schramsberg are the only known commercial plantings of Flora. Wirtz Vineyard is a super interesting site for whites!”

2015 Big Table Farm Wirtz Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 368 cases, $48. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Inviting aromas of earth-dusted cherry, cardamom spice, pipe smoke, and toast. This wine is seemingly at its apogee, featuring flavors of black cherry, cola and grilled mushrooms. Mid-weight plus in concentration, with a modicum of suave tannins that lead to a slight astringency on the finish. Score: 93

2019 David Hill Wirtz Vineyard Tualatin Hills Estate Pinot Noir

12.8% alc., pH 3.55, TA 0.60, $N/A. Ownrooted Pommard, Wädenswil, and Coury selection Pinot Noir. Aged 15 months in 15% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. There is plenty of toasty oak on the fruit-shy nose that begs for more Pinot perfume. I sensed some possible Brett on the nose. Earthy and rustic on the palate with blackberry, plum and pomegranate fruit flavors framed by tame tannins. The finish is giving of dark fruits and is noticeably lengthy. Several hours after opening, the wine was re-tasted and there was still significant toast shadowing the core of fruit. Score: 89


Abetina Vineyard

Owners: The Ponzi family planted both Abetina Vineyard and Abetina 2 Vineyard. The Ponzis purchased a 20-acre site 10 miles west of their Estate Vineyard to plant Abetina Vineyard. Champagne Bollinger bought Ponzi Vineyards in 2021. The name, Abetina, derives from a surrounding stand of fir trees.

Location: Sherwood in the Laurelwood District AVA.

Planting: 2 acres of Pinot Noir were planted in 1975. Abetina Vineyard was part of a joint venture between Oregon State University and the Oregon wine industry known as the Winegrower’s Project and was intended to introduce and evaluate a selection of virus-free Pinot Noir clonal materials.

Pinot Noir scions: A variety of own-rooted, Pinot Noir clones. Luisa Ponzi told me that 22 clones of Pinot Noir taken from UC Davis and France were selected for the trial. From the research, important knowledge was obtained concerning the suitability of Pinot Noir clones for Oregon. These clones are now being referred to as the “Oregon heritage clones.” After the research concluded, Dick Ponzi began to vinify Abetina and all of its clones together and Abetina became the jewel of the Ponzi cellar. Abetina continues to consistently produce distinctive wines of the highest quality. Luisa said, “When I began making wines in 1993, I considered this mix of clones in Abetina vineyard as some kind of magical combination.”

Soil: Laurelwood series.

Vines: Southeast exposure at 400’-500’ elevation. The vine spacing is 8’ x 4’.

LIVE certified and a member of the Carbon Reduction Challenge.

Winery clients: None, a monopole.

Old vines bottlings: Abetina Vineyard is selected for a single-vineyard designate bottling only in the finest vintages: 1996, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2014, and 2015. The Ponzi Reserve Pinot Noir contains some grapes from Abetina Vineyard as well as Ponzi’s Aurora and Madrona vineyards, and other nearby vineyards.

Of interest: Abetina 2 Vineyard is located on a 40-acre, northwest-facing site at 300’-600’ elevation, 3 miles southwest of the Ponzi Estate Vineyard on Hwy 219. It is part of the 80-acre Aurora Vineyard. 20 acres were planted in 2005 with 10 acres devoted to Pinot Noir. Half of the Pinot Noir is a field blend of budwood taken from the clonal trial block at Abetina Vineyard (clonal massale) and the rest is Dijon 777. Both are grafted to Ripairia Gloire rootstock with a spacing of 6’ x 40cm and the vines are irrigated. Abetina 2 sits on the same soil, elevation and aspect as Abetina Vineyard. An Abetina 2 vineyard-designate Pinot Noir has been produced in 2011, 2012, 2016, and 2018.

Another Ponzi estate vineyard, Avellana, was planted fully to clonal massale (a hybrid of clonal selection and massale selection). 22 heritage clones from Abetina are combined with Dijon 113, 114, 115, 667, and 777 on rootstock planted through 2014. This is the most extensive planting of Pinot Noir clones in the United States.

Louisa Ponzi explains her experience with clonal massale. “In the early 1990s, we started planting the Dijon clones 113, 114, 115, 667 and 777 in separate blocks. Over the years, I realized once again that the blend of clones in the final wines was always superior and more interesting than a single clone. After my time spent in Burgundy, I recognized the value of selection massale. Through my experience with the clonal trials and Aurora Vineyard and the high-quality block at Abetina, I recognized the contribution of clonal selection. However, I wanted the reliability of clones along with the benefit of massale. This technique of mixing clones with cuttings from a reliably exceptional block or clonal massale accomplishes both. Since 2006, I have planted all Pinot Noir blocks (over 50 acres on 3 sites) with a curated selection and percentage of over 27 clones. Once that mix is determined based on elevation and exposure, the vines are planted like wildflowers and the resulting complexity and variability are set in stone (or until they mutate into one unique block).”

2018 Ponzi Abetina 2 Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., pH 3.62, TA 0.53, 200 cases, $110. Fruit from Abetina 2 block at Aurora Vineyard. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak, 7-day postfermentation maceration, Aged 20 months in French oak barrels, 50% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Aged in bottle for 5 months before release. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Beautifully perfumed with aromas of dark cherry, tilled earth and truffle. Darker hued and darker fruited in a mid-weight style featuring flavors of black cherry, purple grape, blackberry, cinnamon spice, dark chocolate, and vanilla. The moderately firm tannic spine moderates the fruit load. The texture reminds one of silk pajamas. An extremely persistent grand cru finish is exhilarating. Over time in the glass, the wine builds in hedonistic pleasure offering a charming spiciness. When tasted two days later from a previously opened bottle, the wine woke up the mouth with dreamy goodness. Score: 97

Weber Vineyard/Ana Vineyard

Owner: Arthur Weber met David Lett in the mid-1960s at Oregon State University and he became deeply interested in the potential of the Oregon wine industry. In 1970, Arthur and Vivian Weber traveled to Oregon to talk to David Lett. While searching for Lett’s home, they came upon Jim and Loie Maresh instead. Jim and Loie sold the Webers a nearby plot of 21 acres in the Dundee Hills in 1972. In 1976, their neighbor Nita Moyer sold them an additional 65 acres that bordered their existing acreage. In 2001, The Webers sold about 21 acres of the original vineyard including 2.75 acres of Pinot Noir to Andy and Adria Humphreys who were long-time Weber Vineyard managers and the Humphreys renamed their portion Ana Vineyard. The Weber Vineyard was to the east and Ana Vineyard to the west. The Humphreys resold their acreage to Holloran Vineyard Wines who constructed a new winery on the property. Weber Vineyard is currently owned by Vivian Weber.

Location: The south side of Worden Hill Road in the Dundee Hills AVA. The vineyard is adjacent to Winderlea, Arcus and Maresh vineyards.

Planting: 2.76 acres of own-rooted Riesling were planted in 1975 and 2.75 acres of own-rooted Pinot Noir were planted in 1976. From 1976 to 1988, the Webers planted 35 acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Gewúrztraminer and sold the grapes. The Weber Vineyard currently consists of 21.28 planted acres.

Pinot Noir scion: Own-rooted Pommard acquired from Dick Erath.

Own-rooted Pinot Noir vines at Weber Vineyard

Soil: Red, volcanic Jory.

Vines: The original Pinot Noir planting is at the top of the east-sloping hillside. The entire vineyard is east-facing and is positioned at the bottom of a geographical bowl that opens up only to the south making it a cool vineyard in a warm area. Weber Vineyard sits down the hill a quarter of a mile from Maresh Vineyard and receives plenty of morning sun from its east-facing slope. The original vine spacing was 9' x 6'.

Farming: Organic practices. Biodynamic preparations were initiated in 2018. Dry-farmed.

Winery clients: Weber Vineyard: Arterberry Maresh (old vines), Cameron, Erath, J. Christopher, Kelley Fox, Patricia Green Cellars (Pommard clone planted in 1983 at the top of the east-sloping hillside), Oak Knoll, Rex Hill, R. Stuart (own-rooted Pommard clone planted in 1985), Stephen Goff, and Winderlea. Ana Vineyard: Hazelfern, Trathen Hall.

Old vines bottlings: Winderlea Weber Vineyard Pinot Noir, Winderlea also sourced from Ana Vineyard in the past), Arterberry Maresh Weber Vineyard and an Old Vines blend with Maresh Vineyard, and Patricia Green Cellars Weber Vineyard Pinot Noir (1983 planting). Holloran Ana Vineyard Pinot Noir.

Of interest: The vine age and clones at Weber and Maresh vineyards are similar but the personality of the fruit is surprisingly different given the closeness of the two locations. Maresh Vineyard fruit is pretty, red, and high toned while Weber’s fruit is dark, earthy, savory and sultry.

2017 Winderlea Weber Vineyard Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

13.1% alc., $60. Own-rooted Pommard clone from 1976 plantings. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Earthbound nose that adds the fruit aroma of dark cherry reduction sauce. The flavors replicate the aromas in a mid-weight style that exhibits excellent harmony. Easy to like with very fine backing tannins and a polished demeanor. The finish is unbelievably long. Score: 93

2019 Arterberry Maresh Weber Vineyard Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $69. Only .48 tons per acre from old vines in this vintage. · Moderate garnet color in the glass.This wine exhibits significant oak overlay even from an opened bottled tasted 36 hours later. There is a core of deeply flavorful cherry and blackberry fruit but it is overwhelmed by aggressive barrel treatment. There is significant tannin that is probably barrel in origin and is reflected in the astringent finish. Score: 88

2019 Patricia Green Cellars Weber Vineyard Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., $48. 100% de-stemmed after early pick. Aged in 8% new oak. Pinot Noir sourced from a section of the vineyard planted in 1983. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Aromas of blackberry, white pepper, tilled earth, toast, and espresso. Earth-dusted black cherry and blackberry fruit flavors backed by toasty oak. This wine has a savory and gamey wildness character that attracts. Unchanged when sampled the following day from a previously opened bottle. Score: 91

2010 Winderlea Ana Vineyard Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

13.1% alc.. Own-rooted Pommard Pinot Noir dating to 1976 and some Dijon 777. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. A wow! nose offering soaring aromas of cherry, baking spice and sandalwood. The mid-weight array of red fruits are framed by a touch of tannin and excellent acidity. The wine is surprisingly fresh after 11 years and only showing a mild aged patina. The finish is remarkably long. Fans of aged Pinot Noir will be delighted with this wine. Score: 94

2018 Trathen Hall Ana Vineyard Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 50 cases, $45. Old vine composition unknown. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Aromas of red cherry and strawberry with a floral and stem note. Light to mid-weight flavors of cherry and strawberry that have good mid-palate presence and a long, black cherry driven riff on the finish. There is good harmony with mollified tannins and a good cut of acidity. Score: 92

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